Monday 26 February 2018

Sixties-style Bestival revellers descend on Isle of Wight

Bestival is known for its fancy dress
Bestival is known for its fancy dress

Thousands of revellers have descended on the Isle of Wight to see out the festival season in Sixties' style at this year's Bestival.

The eclectic event is the last major festival of the summer and is famed for its fancy dress themes - with this year's offering branded the Summer of Love.

Around 50,000 people are expected to journey to Robin Hill Country Park across the weekend and the event has sold out for the 12th year in a row.

Duran Duran, The Chemical Brothers and Missy Elliott headline the four-day showcase, with the diverse line-up also including The Jacksons, Rudimental and Underworld.

But the festival's reputation is equally built on its eccentric range of activities, allowing punters to do everything from hugging llamas, rock climbing and even taking part in a fancy dress carnival.

Organisers have said the arts council-funded carnival will be Bestival's biggest to date, with an enormous pirate ship being built to provide the focal point for festivities.

Festivalgoers should enjoy a warmer start to the festival, with temperatures reaching 19 degrees Celsius today, but this will give way to colder conditions and showers on Saturday and Sunday.

Headliners Duran Duran tweeted: "Well that Bestival roll call was a little early, but now that we have your attention, who's going? Who's camping? Paper Gods, Tent Life."

In light of the recent refugee crisis in Europe, there will be a designated drop-off point on site for campers to donate their tents and equipment after the festival concludes.

Once collected, the organisers will work with a number of charities, including CalAid, to transport the supplies to the so-called Jungle in Calais to provide aid for those living there.

Press Association

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